Undercover Footage Shows Brutal Slaughter Of Pigs In Cambodia

The video, which shows shirtless workers repeatedly clubbing the animals in the head, has led campaigners to call for animal welfare reform
Cambodian worker kills pig
A Cambodian slaughterhouse worker beats a pig (Photo: Moving Animals)

Undercover footage of an open-air slaughterhouse in Cambodia has revealed the brutal slaughter of pigs.

The video, filmed by Moving Animals, shows workers repeatedly clubbing the animals in the head with a metal rod, then sitting on them, before slitting their throat. The dying animals are dragged across the floor before being plunged in a vat of boiling water.

As a result of the footage, campaigners are now calling on the Cambodian government to tighten its animal welfare laws.

'Brutal'

"This was one of the most brutal things I've ever seen," Moving Animals' Co-founder, Amy Jones, told The Guardian. "The Cambodian government must act immediately by implementing animal welfare laws that ensure no more animals experience such brutal killing methods. For consumers, the best way to protest against the inhumane suffering of animals is to stop paying for their slaughter altogether."

Her partner and Co-founder Mark Healey added: "Compared to the industrial style of slaughter, which is nameless and faceless because it's done by a machine in a rapid pace, there's an intimacy to this style of slaughter between the worker who has to hit the pig multiple times over the head, and the other worker who has to slit the throat.

"The workers have to walk over to the pig they want to kill and hit it repeatedly. It really drives home the impact it must have on the workers who work there night after night."

WARNING: This footage is graphic

Moving Animals

Jones and Healey launched Moving Animals - a free-to-use archive of photographs and footage of animal exploitation - in recent months in a bid to progress the animal rights movement.

The pair, who previously worked for vegan charity PETA, have accrued more than 500 images over the last year, from across Sri Lanka, India, and the UK. Theses images and footage have already been featured by some of the most prominent news platforms, animal charities, and social media channels, including the likes of UNILAD, The Independent, PETA and Mail Online.

"We believe that powerful visuals and effective storytelling have the power to change mindsets, and so every view we receive holds the promise to make the world a kinder world for animals, one person at a time," they said in a statement sent to Plant Based News. "It is our hope that our photographs and footage help to tell the stories of animals that are usually forced to stay silent."

You can view the archive here - all the content is free-to-use  for organizations, activists, media desks, and social media platforms, but should be credited to Moving Animals.

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